August, 14 — Savior of the Honey Feast Day (Spas), Eastern Slavic folk holiday.
Honey Spas: pagan and Christian traditions come together!
🍯In Russia, the Honey Spas were celebrated even before the adoption of Christianity. The Slavs, on this day, started collecting honey and poppy and made various amulets of herbs traditionally collected by women.👩 By this time the beehives are filled with honey, and beekeepers traditionally starting the harvest 🐝
Some holiday traditions:: People honored the traditions of the Honey Savior a lot.
They believed that on this day the water got healing miraculous power🙏, so swimming in any pool could protect them from diseases. To do this, people immersed in water for three times and made the sign of the Cross when doing this.
On this day, people took honey to the church to sanctify it, as well as bouquets of fragrant herbs. The bouquets were to include poppy heads and various herbs. Each flower had a particular meaning. After the holiday the bouquets were brought home and laid next to the icons. Until spring the bouquets were kept as a talisman. At winter poppies were used to make kutia for Christmas, and at the Annunciation girls intertwined the dried flowers in their hair.
The holiday was loved for its tasty delicacies carefully cooked by all hostesses. Be sure to make pastries with poppy seeds and honey. It can be: honey crusts; Pies with berries; Pancakes with poppy seeds; Rolls with poppy-honey filling; Honey biscuits and so on.
ps: it's a beehive of my IT guy Kirill ;)
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